Parades, Children's Day, a Zydeco dance, a Gumbo Cook-off and other events pack various weekends leading up to Mardi Gras. Read More →
The average king cake contains many delicious ingredients such as pecans, brown sugar, powdered sugar, fruit, chocolate and an assortment of creams.
You will not want to miss this taste-from-every-pot event or the live, hot Southern and Cajun music that comes along with it. Read More →
Get your purple, green and gold – it’s time to be a little bit gaudy!
The Cinderella night of Mardi Gras manifests on Lundi Gras with a lavish promenade of more than 60 krewes’ royalty in extravagant, glittering costumes.
The best part about celebrating Mardi Gras in Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana is the atmosphere. There is a type of warmth that is genuine along with a simple spirit of joy which is what we Cajuns call the "joie de vivre" or the "joy of living." In Lake Charles, you can experience lavish costumes and the big city pageantry of Mardi Gras along with a family-friendly feel. In fact, there is a whole day dedicated to children and family activities during the celebration, and parade routes are filled with families lining the streets, so that makes Mardi Gras in Lake Charles a unique place to experience Carnival.
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All parade routes (except for the Krewe of Omega Parade) will begin at the north end of Bord du Lac Drive, cross over Lakeshore Drive onto West Mill Street, turn right onto Ryan Street and continue south on Ryan to Sale Road where the parades will end.
The Krewe of Omega Parade will depart the Civic Center heading east on Broad Street, turn left onto Enterprise Boulevard, then left onto Mill Street to return to the Civic Center.